Brigance – Norm Reference

Brigance is a screening tool widely used by schools for students in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and First Grade. The test is not an IQ test nor is it a full scale educational assessment – it is a norm referenced test that compares each child’s results with the performance of other examinees. Brigance Testing covers a variety of school based curriculum topics through a series of 12 assessments, including language development, science and math proficiencies and gross motor skills.

Who administers the test? The test is administered in a one-on-one setting and takes approximately 15 minutes.

JFK Plan:

  1. The assigned special education teacher will administer the Brigance twice a year.
  2. The purpose of the Brigance test are:
    • To identify student strengths and weaknesses
    • To identify competencies
    • To identify goals and objectives for the student’s IEP
    • To track progress over time
  1. The purpose of the Brigance is not intended to:
    • report functioning grade levels. This type of coverage may over or underestimate a student’s grade level skills. Using the Brigance to tell a parent at what grade level their student is functioning can be easily misunderstood by the parent. The Brigance is not intended to be used as a sole measure identifying a student’s functioning grade level.
    • reflect the student’s overall performance. Please take caution in reporting the scores. Always take in consideration the student’s health on the day of the testing, the student’s rapport with the assessor, and the student’s general attitude toward the testing situation.
  2. When reporting Brigance results to parents, the following information is appropriate:
    • Strengths- What skills can the student perform?
    • Weaknesses- What skills does the student need to perform academically?
    • Progress- What skills have been mastered since the last time the instrument was administered?

Why do schools use Brigance Testing? Many schools use this screening tool to identify incoming students who may be at risk for learning difficulties and who might benefit from other forms of  intervention. Likewise, the test has the capability to indicate a child who may be above average and thus provide the support necessary for a more enriching learning experience.

Do all schools use Brigance Testing? No, they do not. The use of Brigance Testing is subject to the administrative decisions of each school and school district’s procedures when screening incoming Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade students.

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